The Ministers` Secretaries Union yesterday (13) accused members of the administrative division of certain ministries of making illegal commissions from for the renting and repair of ministry vehicles by selecting persons who are prepared to give them kickbacks.
MSU Treasurer Kumaradasa Giribawa told `The Island` yesterday that they took up this issue on Wednesday with the Public Administration and Local Government Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda. The Union which has a membership of nearly 300 also spelled out some of their demands to Dodangoda at this meeting.
`We told the minister how some vehicles were rented at between rupees 30,000 and rupees 100,000 per month. We requested him to have a leasing system in place of the existing having a renting system. Through the leasing system these vehicles would be owned by the government.
He also said that in the name of repairs, many misuse their position to earn quick money illegally. In response, the minister too agreed with them and cited some recent examples like how fuel charges had been claimed for a vehicle which was in a garage for nearly one year and some vehicles had repair charges to the tune of rupees 300,000.
Minister Dodangoda promised the Union that he would submit a Cabinet paper incorporating their demands and proposals to stop the dishonest public servants misappropriating public funds with impunity.
A housing complex in Colombo, night allowance and outstation allowances are some of the demands of the MSU which the minister agreed to look into.